Eve Moneypenny is a covert operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Moneypenny was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her English-American father, Harry Moneypeny, was a stockbroker and former U.S. Navy SEAL officer; while her Jamaican-American mother, Melanie Moneypenny (née Maxwell), was a copywriter at an advertising agency. After high school, Moneypenny went on to Cornell University. She graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
While at Cornell, Moneypenny decided to become an intelligence officer. After graduating from the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, she was assigned to Patrol Squadron 10 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville as an anti-submarine warfare intelligence officer. Moneypenny was later assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot at The Pentagon. There, she served as a watch officer and briefing officer. Moneypenny left the United States Navy after four years of distinguished service.
She then moved to Washington, D.C., where she was hired by an information technology security firm as an account executive while she simultaneously sought employment with the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon successfully completing the entire CIA application process, Moneypenny was accepted as a clandestine service trainee. She then quit her job at the IT security firm. After an orientation period, Moneypenny was sent to the CIA Special Training Center - "The Farm," Camp Peary for intensive operational training. There, she went through the Basic Operations Course, which trained her in so-called "operational intelligence" or "tradecraft" espionage skills. Because of her military experience, Moneypenny excelled through training.
After completing the Clandestine Service Trainee Program, she was given official cover status; meaning that she was an operations officer with an innocuous government cover that gave her diplomatic protection abroad if ever caught in an act of espionage. Moneypenny's cover was that of a public diplomacy officer with the United States Foreign Service. Her first assignment was in the CIA station at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Three years later, Moneypenny was assigned to the CIA station at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. Two years after that, she was recruited into the Optimum Operations Section.
The OO Section is an elite CIA unit that marks a return to classical methods of deep-cover unilateral espionage operations. Instead of relying on foreign human intelligence assets, OO Section field officers (known as "OO agents") physically infiltrate dangerous and sensitive enemy locations to gather the required intelligence by whatever means necessary. In other words, they go back to the nitty-gritty world of undercover spies out there in the field, risking their lives for the sake of taking a photograph or recording a conversation or copying a computer hard drive.
Upon joining the OO Section, Moneypenny was given the code number "OO6" and non-official cover status; meaning she is now an operations officer without any official connection to the U.S. government and also without diplomatic protection if ever caught in an act of espionage. Her "cover legend" is that she is a global account manager for Universal Exports, which is officially a Washington, D.C.-based export management company, but is in actuality a CIA front company used exclusively by the OO Section. This cover legend gives Moneypenny the cover to travel frequently.
As an OO agent, she is used in situations where more than one operative - even though highly secret - would arouse too much attention. By assuming a false identity and utilizing the most advanced espionage technology, Moneypenny goes deep undercover to infiltrate secure installations, seize critical intelligence, destroy dangerous data or equipment, and neutralize the enemy as needed, without leaving a trace.
Because the OO Section operates independent of the official U.S. national security apparatus, she is given carte blanche to do whatever is required to accomplish a mission and can use any means she deems necessary to protect America. For example, Moneypenny is essentially entrusted with a license to kill—the authorization to, at her own discretion, commit acts that might otherwise be considered murder in order to complete a mission, without having to seek permission from the CIA headquarters first.
Eve Moneypenny has proven herself to be one of the most extraordinary officers in the CIA's employ.